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If the Latta High School baseball team was going to earn a trip to the Class 2A State Tournament, it was going to have to do it the hard way.

Christian Matchie scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Tigers keep their season afloat with a narrow 6-5 win over Ketchum Thursday at the Class 2A Regional Tournament in Hartshorne.

The top-ranked Roff Tigers have been leaning on their pitching staff for most of the season and nothing has changed so far during two games at the Class B State Tournament.

The Tupelo Tigers used a two-out rally to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning and turned back local rival Asher 5-3 in the first round of the Class B State Tournament Thursday afternoon at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City.

If Oklahoma is to end its national title drought, which is approaching the legal drinking age, it won’t have the charm of coming out of nowhere to do so like it did last time ahead of the 2000 season

Latta and Dale have had many exhilarating playoff matchups through the years, but Wednesday’s semifinal contest at the Class 4A State slowpitch tournament wasn’t one of them.

The No. 1 Doubles third-place match pitting Ada freshmen Jackson Swopes and Tate Danielson against the McAlester combo of Alhtoba Haynes and Dustin Wall most definitely had an Ada-McAlester vibe to it.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Long has Oklahoma State football been reliant on its offense to win football games in the Big 12 Conference, but with injuries at quarterback and along the offensive line, the Cowboys have turned to the defense for its clean start to the season.

STILLWATER — Eddie Sutton lived long enough to find out he is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but not long enough to see his enshrinement.

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Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger, who led the Sooners to the 2016 Final Four, will retire from coaching, sources have confirmed to The Norman Transcript.

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Unlikely as it seemed after a 1-2 start, a sixth consecutive Big 12 championship is in play for Oklahoma when it visits Arlington, Texas Saturday.

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